McCall, Idaho Facts:
- County: Valley
- Coverage Area (Total): 6.6 sq. miles
- Elevation: 5,013 ft.
- Population: 2,991
- Cities/Towns covered in local Names and Numbers Phone Book: Banks (Horseshoe Bend), Cascade, Council, Cuprum, Dixie, Donnelly, Elk City, Garden Valley, Lake Fork, Lowman, Lucile, McCall, New Meadows, Pollock, Riggins, Warm Lake, Warren, White Bird, Yellow Pine
The McCall settlement was founded by Tom and Louisa McCall sometime between 1889-91. During this time, the McCalls established a school, hotel, saloon, and post office in the town. It was early on that the settlement was labeled as a "pleasure resort" by the Idaho Statesman due to the vast recreational activities that occurred on nearby Payette Lake.
Tourism was booming by the early 20th century; the Boydstun Hotel in nearby Lardo opened in 1902, the Sylvan Beach Resort camping area opened in 1906, and the Lardo Inn opened in 1907. McCall's reputation as a tourist destination was secured in 1914 with the arrival of the Oregon Short Line Railroad, and the community was incorporated as a village just three years later.
McCall maintains a variety of attractions including: